Ponds’ newest skin care collection, Age Miracle, has finally hit the shelves. It’s the brand’s first anti-aging range and promises to help women over the age of 35 fend off the hands of Father Time. (Still, if you’ve just hit 30 and are worried about wrinkles, there’s nothing wrong with getting a head start…)
The main active ingredient in Age Miracle products is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a common fatty acid that occurs naturally in foods like meat and cheese. (The CLA in Age Miracle is sourced from safflower seeds). Aside from being a great antioxidant, CLA helps speed up cellular turnover to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin and improve the appearance of pigmentation. It also helps increase your collagen levels and has anti-inflammatory properties, so its much less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
The range includes a Daily Regenerating facial foam, alcohol-free toner, day cream with an SPF of 15 and luxurious-feeling Overnight Repair cream.
The star of the show, however, is the Concentrated Resurfacing Serum which you’re to use before applying your moisturiser. Aside from it’s CLA content, it also makes use of the anti-aging trifecta: retinol, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and antioxidant vitamin C.
For those of you who don’t know, retinol is an amazing proven anti-aging ingredient and, along with vitamin C, can help boost collagen production in your skin, plumping it up from the inside out. Also, as retinol increases cellular turnover, it can also assist in fading pigmentation. As for AHA, this works as a chemical exfoliant to slough off the dead top layers of your skin and help reveal the brighter, younger-looking skin just under the surface.
Confused as to where a serum fits into your beauty routine? It’s best to apply them just before you apply your moisturiser. Just give it a minute or two to sink into the deepest layers of your skin before you apply your moisturiser or you could end up diluting it’s active ingredients with your cream.
Ponds Age Miracle Concentrated Resurfacing Serum can be used both day and night. Just make sure that if you wear it during the day, you use a moisturiser that contains an SPF of at least 15 as retinol and AHA can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Look out for Ponds Age Miracle products in store. Their prices range from R84,99 for the facial foam and toner and stop at R149,99 for the serum.
Want to read about the Age Miracle launch? It included macaroons and was held at the One&Only hotel and spa in Cape Town! To see what went down, click here.